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Milestone Awards


Honor the heritage of your organization, business, or municipality.

Milestone Awards

Milestone Award Logo

Honor the heritage of your organization, business, or municipality with a Michigan Milestone Award. 

Authorized by the Historical Society of Michigan (HSM), Michigan Milestone Awards are an excellent way to commemorate your history and commitment to your local community. HSM offers Milestone Awards to entities celebrating their 50th, 100th, 150th, and 200th year anniversaries.

With this recognition comes a sturdy cast-aluminum plaque featuring the name of your organization, business, or municipality and its founding date. Measuring 15 x 20 inches, the plaque is finished in navy blue for organizations, brown for businesses, or burgundy for municipalities and can be mounted either inside or outdoors.


Have Questions?

If you are interested in learning more about our Milestone Award program but do not know where to start, contact us at and let our team walk you through our program and answer questions. We'd love to hear from you!

Milestone award and recipients for John Hackett High School
Milestone award and recipients for Detroit Public Library Milestone award and recipients for John Hackett High School Woman holding a Milestone Award Man standing in front of Milestone Award

Benefits of a Milestone Award

  • Recent awardees receive a listing in Chronicle magazine
  • Eligibility for a spotlight feature in either Chronicle or Michigan History magazines
  • Recognition certificate suitable for framing
  • Presentation of your plaque by as HSM representative (upon request)
  • A complimentary 1-year HSM Membership


What is the cost for a plaque?

Our Milestone Awards are priced in the following categories:

Non-profit organization: $595 plus shipping

Business: $695 plus shipping

Municipality: $795 plus shipping


How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for a Milestone Award, please fill out our Milestone Award Application Form.

All applications must be returned either via email at or by mail to the following address: 

Historical Society of Michigan
Milestone Award Program
7435 Westshire Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917

For assistance with your application, check out our Frequently Asked Questions

Can someone help me with my application?

Yes! Our awards team would love to help you with your application and any other questions you might have. Reach out to us today via email at or by calling (517) 324-1828. 

When will I receive my plaque?

Once ordered, the plaque is shipped to the recipient in about 6 to 8 weeks.

Did You Know?

We feature recently certified Milestones in Chronicle and Michigan History magazines! Included in HSM memberships, Chronicle and Michigan History are filled with feature articles and special sections highlighting our state's history. If you receive a Milestone Award, the next spotlight could be you!

Michigan History and Chronicle magazine

Program Sponsors

The Meijer Foundation Logo

The Milestone Award program is sponsored by The Meijer Foundation. Learn more about our sponsors and available opportunities on our Sponsor page.